President Doesn’t Rule Out Corby Freedom

JAKARTA

Following a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Jakarta on Tuesday during which she pressed for clemency for drug smuggler Schapelle Corby, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appeared to suggest that he was open to granting a pardon.

But Yudhoyono said it might be more likely that Corby, 33, could serve out the remainder of her 20-year sentence in Australia, under a prisoner-exchange treaty that has been discussed but whose development has stalled.

The president told reporters after meeting Gillard: “This is what we need to develop: the balancing of the principle of justice must be upheld and the consideration of the humanitarian aspects.”

Corby was arrested on arrival in Bali in 2004 with 4.2 kilograms of marijuana in her luggage. Successive appeals of her sentence have failed, leaving her with the final avenue of a presidential pardon.

She is one of a number of Australians in prison in Bali for drug offences. Three of the so-called Bali Nine group of drug smugglers are on death row and have launched final appeals. If they are unsuccessful they will likely seek clemency in a bid to avoid the firing squad.

Gillard said she informed Yudhoyono that the Australian government would support such pardons.

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5 Responses to “President Doesn’t Rule Out Corby Freedom”

  1. Sue Holder Says:

    A PTA is useless and will result in a dead Schapelle. The implications of that are horrendous.

    It is pardon or bust.

  2. W.evers Says:

    She should stay in jail as she and all of her family are in drugs for a long time as publicized in Australia. She thought she could come away with it with her smile.
    These drugs bring a lot of problems to all the young people.

  3. Elliott Says:

    W.evers.
    Couldnt agree more!

    She knew what she was doing and was just expecting to get away with it.
    Leave her in there i say.

  4. bali girl Says:

    u should not be posting defamatory comments about her family on here. u are saying that all her family are involved in drugs is just a lie. her sister mercedes won a huge defamation case against channel 7 in Australia for them saying that. I am sure if there was any evidence that they were drug dealers it would of come out in that court case.
    So many people making their opinions on rumor and innuendo..

  5. bali girl Says:

    It is great that the Indonesian president is considering her clemency. I wish her all the best and hope that she will be free soon..

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